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Justice O'Connor to appear on 'Letterman'


June 22, 2009

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor will make an appearance on the "Late Show with David Letterman" on Tuesday, June 23, to discuss her new children's book, Finding Susie. The program airs at 10:30 p.m. on CBS.

The book is billed by publisher Random House of Canada as a "perfect pet" story about Sandra, who grows up on a desert ranch surrounded by animals and wants to have her own pet. A tortoise isn't really friendly, a little rabbit is too fearful, and a young coyote howls to rejoin his pack. A bobcat almost fits the bill, but soon grows too big and fierce to be a housecat.

Sandra's parents let her learn for herself that these animals are best suited to the wild, although it is often hard to let them go. Finally, a smiley little stray dog finds Sandra. Sandra names the dog Susie, and the two become wonderful friends.

As a child, Justice O'Connor got to know a wide variety of the wild, indigenous animals that surrounded her desert ranch home. Finding Susie is a composite of her own and her siblings' experiences. The book is illustrated by Tom Pohrt, a Michigan artist whose illustrations have appeared on the cover of The New Yorker, as well as in many acclaimed picture books, including the bestselling Crow and Weasel by Barry Lopez.

Janie Magruder, Jane.Magruder@asu.edu
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Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law